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Evolution of Strategy Thinking War from Antiquity to the Present

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ISBN-10: 052115524X

ISBN-13: 9780521155243

Edition: 2010

Authors: Beatrice Heuser

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Book details

List price: $45.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/14/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 594
Size: 5.98" wide x 8.90" long x 1.18" tall
Weight: 2.046

A note on referencing
What is strategy?
Art of war or science of war, and technical definitions of 'strategy'
The articulation of different dimensions of Strategy
What is this book examining?
Long-term constants
Warfare and mindsets from Antiquity to the Middle Ages
Technology and warfare
Causes, aims and ethics of war from the Roman Empire to the late Middle Ages
Warfare and mindsets in early modern Europe
Causes, aims and practice of war in early modern Europe
The ethics of war in early modern Europe
Themes in early thinking about Strategy
Sieges and static defences from Troy to Basra
Feudal levies, mercenaries or militia?
Battle avoidance or decisive battles?
Limited and unlimited wars
The enduring quest for eternal principles governing warfare
The Napoleonic paradigm and Total War
The age and mindset of the Napoleonic paradigm
Causes of wars, world-views and war aims 1792-1914
The influence of Social Darwinism and racism
The Napoleonic paradigm transformed: from total mobilisation to total war
The quest for total victory
The centrality of the battle
Annihilation of the enemy
The universal cult of the offensive
Total mobilisation or professional military elites?
Challenges to the Napoleonic paradigm versus the culmination of Total War
Mars mechanised: the Napoleonic paradigm versus technological innovation
The dissenters: Corbett's limited wars and Jaur�s's defensive army
Lessons of the First World War
Strategy responses to the First World War
The Second World War: culmination of Total War
Naval and maritime Strategy
Long-term trends and early maritime Strategy
Strategy on land, at sea and in the air
Writing in the age of oar and sail
The age of steam to the First World War
The 'Anglo-Saxon' writers in the age of steam
French naval theorists in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
Germany before the First World War
The World Wars and their lessons for maritime Strategists
The First World War
British lessons
French lessons
The second-tier powers
US lessons from the Second World War
Maritime Strategy in the nuclear age
The Cold War framework
Multiple roles for navies
Strategies for second-tier powers
Change of world-views and principles in conducting international affairs
Air power and nuclear Strategy
War in the third dimension
Child and grandchild of naval Strategy
The beginnings of air power
Four schools of air power
The strategic or city bombing school
The military targets school: denial
The leadership targeting school: decapitation
The political signalling school: games theories
Nuclear Strategy
Nuclear war-fighting Strategy
War taken to its absurd extreme
Asymmetric or 'small' wars
From partisan warfare to people's war
Two meanings of 'small war'
The mosquito and the lion: tactics
Hearts and minds I
Defence in depth
The legal status of insurgents
Brutal repression
Hearts and minds II
The quest for new paradigms after the World Wars
Wars without victories, victories without peace
The First World War as turning point?
Causes, conduct and ethics of wars since 1945
The relinquishment of the Napoleonic paradigm
The return of limited wars
Defensive defence and the relinquishment of victory
No end of history, the dialectic continues
The Napoleonic paradigm strikes back: Summers's Clausewitzian critique
Major war since 1945
The return of small wars
Future developments
Epilogue: Strategy-making versus bureaucratic politics
Policy and Strategy in practice
The frailty of human logic
Summaries and conclusions